TORONTO -- Adam Lind made his return to Toronto's cleanup spot for Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.
Lind has spent the majority of the year hitting behind Jose Bautista in the No. 4 hole, but was recently demoted to eighth following a period of extended struggles.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he likes what he has been seeing from Lind in recent days, but the decision for a higher spot in the order ultimately came down to the veteran's past performance against Rays starter Jeff Niemann.
"He's had good success against Niemann," Farrell said of Lind, who has hit .464 (13-for-28) with three homers against Tampa Bay's right-hander. "I wanted to split up the right-handers as well as [Niemann] has been tough on right-handers throughout the course of the season, so that's where we're at today."
Lind began the season hitting just .186 with two homers and eight RBIs in 27 games. The was a slight improvement since dropping to eighth in the batting, but Lind still seems to be struggling to find his previous form.
The 28-year-old entered play on Monday hitting .214 with a homer and three RBIs in his past five games.
"I've seen a little bit better rhythm particularly in his setup where he has a little bit [of] movement in his hands," Farrell said. "Hopefully some RBIs on the West Coast, has a chance to build on it from there. I can tell you, we need him."
Blue Jays call up Crawford, option Carreno
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays recalled left-hander Evan Crawford from Triple-A Las Vegas before the start of Monday night's series opener against Tampa Bay.
Crawford, who made his Major League debut earlier this season, has posted a 4.50 ERA in five relief appearances for Toronto. To make room on the 25-man active roster, right-hander Joel Carreno was optioned to Double-A New Hampshire.
The 25-year-old Crawford will provide the Blue Jays with the luxury of having a third lefty to use out of the bullpen. That was considered a key addition for upcoming American League East series against the Rays and Yankees and an Interleague matchup against the Mets.
"When you look at the next four series, Tampa being twice, we're going to face lineups that have four and five lefties in the lineup, so that's where Evan comes back into the mix," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Crawford opened the season with New Hampshire, where he recorded three scoreless appearances. He also has appeared in four games with Las Vegas, posting a 7.56 ERA without a decision.
Carreno began the year as Toronto's No. 5 starter, but was demoted to Triple-A after just one start. He returned in early May and has posted a 4.50 ERA in five games.
"The fact that we used Joel in two of the last three days," Farrell said of the reasoning behind the club's decision. "He was likely going to have a couple of days down just to recover, so it was kind of a natural fit to make the change.
"He is going go back down and start."
Santos progressing, throws from 90 feet
TORONTO -- Sergio Santos continues to make steady progress in his return from a right shoulder injury.
Santos, who is working out at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., played catch from 90 feet on Monday and is expected to be stretched out to 120-150 feet in the coming days.
Toronto's closer has been out since April 21 because of inflammation in his shoulder. There's no timetable for his return, and Santos is expected to go on an official rehab assignment before being activated from the 15-day disabled list.
"I think it's still too premature because if he advances through the long-toss phase, it can shorten it," manager John Farrell said. "If we get to the mound sessions and he needs to repeat a step, I don't think we have a date earmarked yet as far as his return."
Injured starter Dustin McGowan also has resumed throwing following a right shoulder injury. McGowan felt some discomfort in the area while working his way back from an unrelated foot injury and was immediately shut down from all baseball activities.
McGowan has started throwing catch slightly ahead of schedule, but is not close to going on a rehab assignment.
Vladimir Guerrero was expected to report to the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., either on Monday or Tuesday. Guerrero, who was recently signed to a Minor League contract, will first undergo a physical before getting back onto the field. He likely won't be ready for a promotion to the big leagues until early June at the earliest.
Jose Bautista is coming off one of his best series of the season, hitting three home runs against the Twins. The main reason behind the recent turnaround at the plate is a relatively easy one to figure out, according to manager John Farrell.
"He swung at strikes and they challenged him in the strike zone," Farrell said. "When opposing pitchers do that and give him pitches to address more consistently, Jose is very capable of having series like that or long stretches as he's showed."